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Sri Lanka
From lush, tea-covered hills to remote, unspoiled beaches, Sri Lanka has some of the most beautiful, and fascinating, sights in South Asia. The island off the tip of India is unique-a predominantly Buddhist nation in the Indian Ocean. It is the source of the English word "serendipity" from an older name for the country, Serendip. The word is a good description of Sri Lanka, with its rich archaeological heritage that includes eight UNESCO World Heritage sites-among them is Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress with the ruins of a fifth-century capital city that has also been used as a Buddhist monastery. (It's one of G Adventures five must-see places in the country.) Sri Lanka also has an abundance of wildlife, from sloths, monkeys, and jackals to some of South Asia's last remaining wild leopards and Asian elephants. The island is, of course, surrounded by the Indian Ocean and there are plenty of opportunities to sail, swim, and surf and also spot for marine life along the coasts. You can read more here, about the many appeals of Sri Lanka.

If you want to explore ancient Buddhist sites and palm-lined beaches, G Adventures has a small group trip that will take you there.